It was raining when arrived at the Bangor Elk Lodge and took awhile to get 12-14 rigs parked, but we managed to squeeze all of us in one portion of the parking lot. The Elks is located right next to the airport..not the most quiet place but the price was right.
Thursday morning we toured the Cole Land Transportation Museum. I'm really not a very good museum touring person. I get brain over load pretty easy, but the Cole Land Transportation Museum is a one of kind and it actually held my attention..for two hours..that and the fact we had a very good docent explaining and telling stories about the different exhibits and Maine.
A little history, which I had to look up on the internet. The museum was started by Galen Cole, the son of Allie Cole who started AJ Cole Express in the early 1900's in Maine. The Cole Express made deliveries in the inclement weather when other companies would not. The business grew and eventually merged and sold with another shipping company. Galen's dream was to build a museum to house all things to do with transportation, including difference types of transportation and maintenance. Google Cole Express and learn about Galen and and the Cole Family. It's pretty interesting.
The museum is well organized by category. It houses a huge collection of of everything from snow plows and fire engines and to snow sleds.
This is a snow roller. The roller was used to compact the snow so sleds could glide easily over the road.
The museum also has some memorabilia on WWII and there is a War Memorial on the grounds. One other interesting fact about the museum is its construction. The museum is closed during the winter but stays in the upper 40 degrees inside due to the heavy stone floor . Galen hired local high school students to install the floor which includes over 30,000 stones. That is a lot of stone!!